O'Rourke, CNN's Camerota Square Off on Gun Buyback Plan

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2019

In an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday, Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke detailed his plan to confiscate "weapons of war". "As with any law in this country, we would expect our fellow Americans to follow the law".

"I don't need lessons from you on courage - political or personal", Buttigieg, who was deployed to Afghanistan during his time in the Navy Reserve, told O'Rourke during a heated part of the exchange.

Democratic presidential hopefuls South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, center and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke participate of the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. But we can't wait.

"But you are not allowed to discriminate against people in this country, to violate their civil rights, or their human rights".

Buttigieg shot back: "The problem isn't the polls, the problem is the policy". He called for following the lead of advocacy groups Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives, the group founded by students after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting previous year. He implied that Buttigieg was limited by polls, consultants and focus groups.

The question came up during O'Rourke's appearance at last week's LGBTQ candidates forum in Los Angeles. "Everyone on this stage recognizes, or at least I thought we did, that the problem is not other Democrats who don't agree with your particular idea of how to handle this".

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During Tuesday night's Democratic debate however, Mayor Pete Buttigieg called the proposal a mere "purity test" that wouldn't garner enough party support.

"Would it stop every single shooting?"

He has also said he would impose fines to "compel" gun owners to turn them in.

O'Rourke nevertheless insisted that his policies, including a federal gun-confiscation program, "would have stopped numerous shootings".

O'Rourke has tied his candidacy recently to a mandatory AR-15 and AK-47 weapon buyback proposal to limit the number of firearms on the streets.

At the October 15 debate, O'Rourke was asked how he'd enforce the so-called mandatory buybacks. "AR-15s and AK-47s are not safe for public ownership, and mandatory buybacks will get unsafe weapons of war off the streets".

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